Priceless masterpieces at art show

Priceless masterpieces at art show
Masterpieces such as Marilyn by Andy Warhol, Portrait Of A Gentleman by Antony Van Dyck and Christ Carrying The Cross by Sandro Botticelli are among the 19 on display. Mr Marc Restellini (above), 49, president of Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris and founder of the Pinacotheque de Paris, has come from France to curate the exhibition.

Feast your eyes on 19 masterpieces, including works by legendary artists such as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Monet and Picasso.

These works, on display at the Fort Canning Centre till Dec 31, are part of a pop-up museum show organised by the Pinacotheque de Paris. The pieces for The Art Of Collecting, Masterpieces From The Pinacotheque de Paris are on loan from private collectors.

The Pinacotheque will open at Fort Canning in early 2015, its first venue outside of Europe.

President of Singapore Pinacotheque de Paris and founder of the Pinacotheque de Paris, Mr Marc Restellini, has come from France to curate the exhibition together with a restorer and a lighting specialist.

Mr Restellini, 49, says he wants to capture the same feeling a visitor would experience when viewing a private collection in the home of a collector, in which paintings from different genres are presented side by side.

The show offers a rare glimpse of privately owned pieces that otherwise would be kept behind closed doors.

Apart from installing a high-end security system, many modifications were made to the Fort Canning venue to accommodate these priceless pieces. For instance, the venue has been fully sealed so that the room temperature is kept between 20 and 25 deg C. A thermo-hygrometer has been installed to monitor the humidity of the room, which needs to be at 55 per cent. These ensure that the fragile art pieces are kept at optimal temperature and humidity.

nraj@sph.com.sg


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